Bicycle Injuries From Open Car Doors

Bicyclists riding in NYC and other New York streets are at risk of injury from car doors opening into them. This event happens so commonly that it has its own name: "dooring". A cyclist is a victim of a "dooring" when while riding, a car door opens into him/her, or directly in front of the bicycle, causing injuries. When a cyclist is injured by a door being opened into them, compensation can be sought for personal injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages. In the State of New York there are laws against people opening vehicle doors in such a way that will interfere with the operation with a bicycle. New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1214 states:

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
In the City of New York there are further rules protecting bicyclists from doors opening into them. The Rules of the City of New York, Title 34, Section 4-12(c) states:
Getting out of vehicle. No person shall get out of any vehicle from the side facing on the traveled part of the street in such manner as to interfere with the right of the operator of an approaching vehicle or a bicycle.
There are also rules in NYC protecting bicyclists from being "doored" by a taxi cab door. The Rules of the City of New York, Title 34, Section 4-11(c) states in part:
(c) Pickup and discharge of passengers by taxis, commuter vans and for-hire vehicles. Operators of taxis, commuter vans and for-hire vehicles may, in the course of the lawful operation of such vehicles, temporarily stop their vehicles to expeditiously pick up or discharge passengers ...within 12 inches of the curb and parallel thereto,..; however, picking up or discharging passengers shall not be made: ... (6) Within a bicycle lane...
Thus, it is a violation of law for a vehicle door to be opened into the path of an oncoming bicycle. If you or someone you know is injured while riding a bicycle as a result of a car, taxi or other vehicle's door being opened into the cyclists' path, you should consult an experienced New York Personal Injury Lawyer. Zalman Schnurman & Miner are NY personal injury lawyers experienced in handling bicycle accident cases. Call 1-800-Lawline (1-800-529-5463) for a free consultation. There in never a fee, unless there is a recovery.

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